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Hotel solves a problem

THE Zhida Qiuzhi Hotel, which offers rooms to college-educated job seekers, has 13 branches in five cities across the country: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.

For most non-local job hunters, Zhida is their preferred choice of accommodation because of its low price - just 22 yuan (US$3.22) to 50 yuan a night, depending on how many people share a room (up to a maximum of 10).

"I had a similar experience of looking for work, and I know what they need," said 30-year-old Zhou Du, one of the founders, who graduated from Wuhan University in central China's Hubei Province with a master's degree in 2006.

When she was looking for job, Zhou had hoped to stay at some places cheap but close to educational institutes.

Unfortunately, she failed.

But as a result, she came up with the idea of starting a hotel for job hunters some four years ago, with the concept of offering dormitory accommodation with bunk beds to keep the costs down for students.

The first Zhida hotel, near the South Railway Station, is about 10 minutes' walk to Metro Line 1 and is also in the vicinity of the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology where customers should be able to get work information.

"Sharing a similar educational background and the same goals, people find it easier to get along with each other," Zhou said.

"And the low price which is affordable for most students are quite attractive."


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